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DIY Outdoor Play Ideas For Fun In The Garden!

DIY Outdoor Play Ideas For Fun In The Garden!

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Now that the weather’s warming up and the kids are at home, it’s time to get creative with fun ways to keep them entertained outside. If you’ve got a young one who enjoys nature, and loves nothing more than getting dirt underneath their fingernails, then they’ll love these cheap and easy outdoor play ideas that you can create with a few craft supplies, and materials from your garden!

Outdoor Chalkboard:

Outdoor play ideas - chalkboard

Take a cheap frame from a secondhand store, and remove the glass and backing. Make a few shapes with masking tape on the backing, and paint with different coloured chalk paint. Replace the frame, and hang, for instant creative fun!

Outdoor play ideas - chalkboard

Bug Hotel:

Outdoor play ideas - bug hotel

Find a wooden box, and line with coconut husk. Next, use a staple gun to attach a few lines of string in a zig zag fashion to the base. Go ahead and place sticks, pinecones, pots, leaves, a small tin for water, and some cardboard rolls into the box, using the string to hold everything in. Fill with flax, more leaves, and filler, so the bugs have a happy home to explore!

Outdoor play ideas - bug hotel

Outdoor weaving:

Outdoor play ideas - nature weaving

Take a frame (with no glass or backing) and nail a few nails on the top and bottom. Tie these with string, just like you would do to build a loom. Use flax, rope, string, grass, sticks, flowers and anything else you like to create a beautiful nature display, by simply weaving them in and out of the loom! Not only is the weaving itself a great way to pass their time, but so too is the garden scavenger hunt for weaving supplies, that’s required beforehand!

Outdoor play ideas - nature weaving

Mud Making Station:

Outdoor play ideas - mud station

Spray-paint a variety of bottles, funnels, pipes and other bits and bobs – you may wish to cut off the tops of some bottles to change their shape and function. Nail these into a fence or a plank of wood, add some sand, rocks, water and dirt, and let the mudpie-making begin!

Outdoor play ideas - mud station

Do you have any creative tips to encourage the kids to spend more time in the garden this summer? We’d love to hear about your own outdoor play ideas in the comments below!

And for the rainy days when there’s no choice but to be stuck indoors, check out the rest of our kids craft projects, ideas and inspiration right here!



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